Better late than never! Accessibility is crucial to turning the tide of health inequalities in this country, and somehow or another, I missed this news when it happened almost two years ago. Many thanks to #thelocavorefoodie for this awesome share!
Many thanks to #CoconutsandKettlebells for an excellent post on "getting your body back" post pregnancy, and the importance of self love. "Your body never left. Your body is on your side."
Your body deserves your love, and when you finally start moving in that direction, the rest will begin to fall into place. ❤️ #realtalk
I don't advocate any particular eating routine, to be honest. However, what I took this from article and what I DO advocate, is the importance of staying in motion. The importance of setting goals for one's physical activity levels, and sticking with them. Physical activity and balanced eating IS preventative healthcare. It is what keeps us strong and mentally acute, and keeps any tendency toward chronic disease at bay. Striving to stay active and strong makes us better at life. ❤️
A word on activity and exercise. There was a time, not so long ago, when if I didn't do x amount of hard physical activity on a non rest day, the activity that I *did* do, didn't count, in my mind. Today, several years into this journey, the stars have aligned to allow me four uninterrupted hours of skiing in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Is it going to be crazy high intensity? Probably not. However, the reality is that I am still moving my body in a way that makes me happy. I am staying active, I am using my muscles, and all of that fully and completely COUNTS. Being healthy in mind and body involves finding activity that makes you happy, and finding joy in moving your body in all types of different ways. It's a matter of balance. Do I still need to get in some hard physical training this week in order to support my goals? Yes. Will I enjoy that training too, because it makes me feel strong and healthy? Yes! Exercise doesn't have to feel like punishment in order to be useful and effective! What will you do today to stay active and happy??
A super important reminder, even if you aren't stepping on the scale 10 times per day; even if it's only a few times per week, or even less. If it is directing how you feel about yourself and how you treat your body, this is well worth reading and trying to keep in mind. You are worth so much more than the number your scale. Thanks to Abby Langer nutrition for a great post!
My experience with moderation during the big game? Enjoying my crackers and chips with buffalo chicken dip, with a big side of celery. Genuinely, when I realize it's the crunch I am looking for, or the motion of snacking, I have a different option immediately at hand. Nothing wrong with the chips, but #moderation and #balance are always a win. Options, not restriction!! :)
Your emotional well-being impacts everything in your life, including your physical health and fitness. When you're emotionally tapped out, your mental acuity and motivation is lowered, making everything more challenging, including your decisions about food and exercise. When you aren't feeding your body what it needs, and you aren't moving enough, your emotional well-being suffers. It's a tough cycle. Take a break for self-care today, if you need it, and know that it is perfectly acceptable. Do something you genuinely enjoy and wholeheartedly count it as your movement for the day. You and your mind and you body deserve your love.
A solid discussion from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (one of my certifying agencies) on the drawbacks of a "diet", and some wiser approaches. (Please note that the sample meal plan listed is a sample, not a recommendation!) Don't forget that MBHF also offers grocery store trips to help demystify shopping to stock a healthy pantry. See yesterday's post for additional ideas!
An excellent list of essential pantry items! Movement that you love, partnered with a balanced, healthy way of eating, are two of the biggest steps to moving forward in your health and fitness journey! MBHF does not promote any kind of diet or food plan. Mindful, intuitive eating that respects what your body needs each day, and includes all the foods that you love (and not some watered down version of them either) is where it's at! Check out www.loveandfoodforeva.com to get great recipes that will make eating well feel like a luxury!